West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has said that winning promotion with the team through the play-offs into the Premier league is the best moment of his career.
Sam Allardyce has previously won the promotion with Bolton, but has said that to do the same with West Ham means a lot to him. The former Bolton Wanderers manager could have easily been sacked if he had missed out on promotion this season. However, after sealing a return to the Premier league on the first attempt, Allardyce has revealed that he has already made advanced negotiations into a number of targets for the summer.
West Ham will be hoping to stay in the Premier league this time around. Even though Allardyce has been criticised for the style of play in the past, West Ham fans will certainly be happy to see them back in the Premier league. West Ham managed to secure promotion after a 2-1 win over Blackpool in the play-off final. Blackpool were coming into the match having already experienced the joy of promotion through playoffs. It looked like the match was going into extra time after it was 1-1 in the 85th minute. However, Ricardo Vaz Te stepped up in the 87th minute to score the winner for West Ham.
“It is great, right up there with the best for me because of the size of West Ham and the pressures. You get critics everywhere, a small minority who make themselves heard at every club, but the vast majority have been behind the team. It would have been devastating, according to the owners who would have had to decimate the wage bill by £10m, off-load players for little or no fee and still achieve what fans want,” Allardyce said after achieving promotion with West Ham.
West Ham United have moved a step closer to making the Olympics stadium as their home after the end of the London Olympics 2012.
A lot has been spoken about the decision by West Ham to move to this 80,000-seater stadium, despite being in the championship. Many have been saying that West Ham will not be able to attract the 80,000-seat capacity even with Premier League status. Still, West Ham United’s owners David Gold and David Sullivan seem to be very keen on making the Olympics stadium as the home for West Ham over the next few years.
A new milestone has been reached in this respect after it was revealed that West Ham United supporters have now reached an agreement with the club over this proposed move. The Olympic Park Legacy Company also moved in to make the prospect of West Ham United using the Olympic Stadium a reality. They have reopened the tenders for those interested in taking the Olympic Stadium as their new home. The tender will be closing by January end and West Ham United vice-chairman Karen Brady will be involved in a number of meetings until then to solve this issue.
West Ham United have been locked in a controversial battle with neighbours Tottenham Hotspur over the proposed move to the Olympic Stadium. Now, it seems that Tottenham Hotspur have to settle for their own stadium, while West Ham United will be moving to this extraordinary Stadium in London. “The Olympic Stadium will be a new national stadium for athletics and a multi-purpose venue that can host a full array of sporting, cultural and commercial events in one of the most exciting destinations in the world,” said the chief executive of the OPLC, Andrew Altman. This comes as a major blow for Tottenham Hotspur.